My fiance (wife by then) and I are planning to leave in early November to drive south from San Francisco towards Tierra del Fuego in a 2004 Nissan Xterra we've been outfitting for the trip. I believe it was in the venerable Vehicle Dependent Expedition Guide that I saw it written that to do a trip like this, it's best if you're the kind of person who enjoys the year of preparation as much as you'll enjoy the year of travel. Let's face it, I'm a geek and love making lists finding the best tool for this and that and overthinking everything until I tire myself out and go with a nice, simple solution. Ann's got an interest in everything and a hunger to explore the world. She's also up for anything including riding on the back of a big adventure motorcycle on 13,000 ft rocky Colorado passes (no, that's not her in the picture on the first post, smart ***). Anyway, we've been been having a good time documenting our preparation and a couple "shakedown trips" on our web site at http://adventuresofdaveandann.com/ or ADVODNA.
As our departure date approaches, we're starting to look south and the route we might take. We're thinking we'll try to plan about a month in advance. "Plan's" the wrong word for Mexico and Central America, perhaps. Let's say "target a region." And right now, we're taking a good look at how to experience Mexico safely. The current thought is to bypass Copper Canyon (sadly) and follow the main RV route along the west coast of the mainland (not Baja) using the Church and Church Mexico Camping book. Our feeling is that if we emply common sense (vigilence, no night driving, and "sorry, no fumar espanol" when asked for bribes), we won't have any problems.
So with that, any last minute advice? Anyone else heading out around the same time we should be on the lookout for? Places that shouldn't be missed along the way? Volunteer projects that could use some attention or hard labor?
Thanks and happy travels.
Dave and Ann